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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:52 pm 
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Hi everyone,

We recently got a mixed flock of six chicks with a Rhode Island Red, Barnvelder, Australorp, Barred Plymouth, Araucana and a Light Sussex. We've had some bad luck and the first three have gone back to the breeder after outing themselves as roosters!

They are soon to be replaced but I'm now starting to have doubts about the Light Sussex and was hoping for some help from more practiced chook lovers.

Hopefully these photos are adequate to make an educated guess, but from what I've read these guys can be very hard to sex. She(?) is around 13-14 weeks old.

These photos are all of the same chook, she's the only Light Sussex we've got.

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:56 pm 
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Hmmm not a light sussex person, but would also be a bit sus about one of them anyway. Fingers crossed for you.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:02 pm 
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Thanks Nelly. I wasn't too clear in the original post, the photos are all of the same chicken. I've updated the post.

We've got out fingers crossed too, we raised them all from (supposedly sexed) chicks and the kids were pretty sad to have given three of six back already.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:05 pm 
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lol OK. Thought it was two of them. Well I still have my fingers crossed for you! But I'm not sure either way. :-?

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Looks to me from the 3rd photo you have a cockerel(boy).


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:54 pm 
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Thanks for the input, Klondyke. I'm finding myself chopping and changing what I think depending on the angle, but I definitely agree about the look of the 3rd pic.


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Boy. I see pointy saddle feathers.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:55 am 
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Another reason I'd say rooster is the well developed wattles. Without siblings of the same age to compare him/her to it is a bit difficult but I find that the boys develop wattles much earlier and more clearly than the girls (for some reason I seem to have better luck picking this more accurately that comb differences when they are still very young). The rate of development seems to be related to strain as well as breed. But, I'm sorry to say, yours does look boyish to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:13 am 
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light sussex with yellow legs ? serious fault
Appears to be male. :-?


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snowman wrote:
light sussex with yellow legs ? serious fault
Appears to be male. :-?


My thoughts as well.


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